2 passengers killed after Va. driver flees traffic stop
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – Authorities say two passengers were killed after a speeding driver tried to flee a traffic stop in Sterling and crashed into a tree.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that the crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
The statement says the vehicle burst into flames after hitting the tree. A deputy pulled the driver out but two passengers died on the scene.
The driver was identified as 25-year-old David Brown of Ashburn. He’s been charged with reckless driving, and police say more charges are likely.
The sheriff’s office says Brown went through a red light while trying to get away from the deputy, who momentarily lost sight of the vehicle before the crash.
Authorities will identify the passengers after their relatives are notified.